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Urban Growth Learning Gardens
International House, 6 Canterbury Crescent SW9 7QD
Compensation: £38,000 per annum
An exciting opportunity to take the reins as Managing Director at this successful social enterprise at a time of rapid growth, as we expand our work in making London a greener, healthier city. This is a unique chance to undertake a role making a real difference to the landscape of our city, at this crucial time of the climate crisis and post-pandemic landscape.
Urban Growth is a social enterprise which aims to improve the wellbeing of Londoners by creating and maintaining communal gardens. We collaborate with councils, businesses, developers & community groups across London (primarily south of the river), creating and maintaining spaces where people can learn about and engage with nature on their doorstep. You can read more about our aims and activities, and see examples of our work on our website www.urbangrowth.london, and through the linked social media channels.
Now in our 6th year, our team of 8 staff (4 full-time) are looking for someone to take over this key leadership role as we continue to grow. This person will guide the team, develop the brand, improve our services, oversee the finances & increase our social impact. The role is varied and has huge scope to take the organisation in exciting directions.
Working alongside the Founding Director and Finance Director who work part-time from abroad, you will take over the day-to-day running of the business and work together to shape the vision for the organisation for the next 5 years.
The ideal candidate will be an open leader who values transparency, inclusivity, and community when working to inspire and guide our team.
This is an exciting opportunity to join a passionate, diverse & collaborative team, who are keen to support a new Director who can build on our successes to date.
In any given week you might:
Who we are looking for (none of these alone is essential):
a strong and compassionate manager of people, with experience of leading teams & supporting personal development of colleagues
an experienced project manager who can create structure and processes to deliver projects on time and on budget with the team.
can write, oversee & review budgets as well as keep a handle on the overall performance of the organisation & crucial cash flow analysis
experience of improving operational systems to create an efficient and effective team
an organised & strategic thinker who can coordinate activities efficiently
an enabler, who helps people realise their potential & has experience of helping diverse people overcome challenges and achieve their goals
a creative thinker and problem solver who relishes new challenges and responds calmly and effectively to unexpected events
a keen learner, who wants to gain new skills and isn’t afraid to learn from failure
a passionate believer in the power of the natural world to improve human wellbeing, with experience of community gardening
a collaborative leader who inspires confidence in colleagues and clients, and is comfortable with public speaking
a lover of plants and wildlife, committed to protecting the environment
an ambitious self-starter who thrives on a diverse portfolio & is happy working some irregular hours
a clear & concise communicator, who can express ideas & pass on knowledge effectively to a range of people
a confident user of digital technology, able to manage emails, social media, Google Drive, Asana, Slack and phone-based apps
ideally a resident of south London (some of our core activities are still in Lambeth & Southwark though we continue to work on more and more projects across the city)
Key features of what you will do:
Collaborate with the team to ensure our existing maintenance contracts are delivered efficiently and to the highest possible standard
Identify and meet potential new clients, follow up leads and collaborate with the team to write winning & profitable proposals
Support the team to organise and deliver new projects efficiently and to the highest possible standard
Identify areas for improvement in our operations, co-develop strategies to raise standards with the team, & support them to improve
Understand the business as a whole, identify & secure opportunities for growth
Represent & advocate on behalf of the business in person and through digital content (emails, website and social media)
Be happy to participate in gardening activities with the team throughout the year.
The role is full time and will be paid £38,000. There is an 8-week probationary period.
Due to Covid restrictions we are currently working from home and support flexible working. Once restrictions have been lifted we plan to have a blended office model, where there will be a flexible approach to in-office and remote work. Our offices are based in Brixton, London.
Please submit a CV with a 3 minute video introducing yourself to Bruno, the founder, at firstname.lastname@example.org by noon on Friday, May 21st. WeTransfer, YouTube, Vimeo and any other open-access format acceptable.
Interviews in the following two weeks.
Please notify us in your email about any notice period you may have with current employers or other obligations which affect your availability to start.
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About Urban Growth Learning Gardens
We create & maintain communal gardens to improve the wellbeing of London residents. We work with councils, developers, businesses and community organisations to connect people with nature on their doorstep.